I discuss my work through a Jewish lens with Rabbi Richard Address.
Listen below or read the transcript!
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Richard: Shalom and welcome. I am Richard Address, director of Jewish Sacred Aging, and we welcome you to another in our series of podcasts on Jewish sacred aging. These podcasts hope to feature conversations that relate to issues that touch on the issue of longevity in our community, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. You can email them to me at RabbiAddress@jewishsacredaging.comAnd it is a pleasure to welcome to our podcast today Emily Pinzur, calling in from the beautiful state of Washington out in Seattle, and Emily, thank you for joining us here on the podcast Jewish Sacred Aging, how are you doing today?
Emily: I’m wonderful, thank you so much for having me, it’s my pleasure to be here.
The story about my grandmother and the healing power of music
We lost my beloved grandmother Bernice (also known rather cutely as “Bunny”) many years ago. She died very quickly after being hospitalized for an illness, which led to rapid multiple organ failure. My father and his siblings, thankfully, were able to travel to Florida, where she lived, in time to see her and say goodbye.
My father is a singer who loves traditional and modern Jewish music. As he sat at my grandmother’s bedside with her in her final hours, he both provided and received comfort through singing her all of the songs he could think of that included the Hebrew word “Shalom,” which means, fittingly, hello, goodbye and peace.